Linus Can’t Count to 40…

Maybe he’s feeling his age (now 41) but Linus was appalled by the prospect of 2.6.x turning to 2.6.40 and has put Linux 3.0-rc1 on the runway.

That’s OK, Linus. We understand. Also 3.0.x is about due after 20 years. At this rate you will be able to retire at about 6.0. By then GNU/Linux and Android/Linux and MeeGo… will be all over the place more so than now. Perhaps everything except drivers will be tuned up so tightly that we will only have to go to 3.0.19… Who knows? The kernel has been running pretty smoothly since 2.2 and has been really capable since 2.4. 2.x was pretty mature. Might as well call it 3.0 for a while.

I will never forget my first kernel, 2.2 back in the day. It was way faster than that other OS and never crashed on me. It was love at first sight. The fact that it kept running no matter what meant that any application that ran amock could be tidied up with xKill. Great fun. Thanks, Linus.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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3 Responses to Linus Can’t Count to 40…

  1. Ray says:

    Remember the 2.4 days…

  2. Apps are complex sometimes and releases may not be fully debugged. It happens. With that other OS I was always afraid to click on anything because failures would happen so frequently. That other OS was crashing every few hours and GNU/Linux ran for months with no failures but a few apps would freeze like Netscape. I don’t recall StarOffice every freezing so we did not lose any data but occasionally one app or another would need to be restarted. It was not a problem.

  3. Brian Page says:

    you’re last comment about apps running amok will likely spawn some clever: see?-linux-IS-unstable jabs.

    I just want to throw in before that happens, that I too appreciate that if some dude writes a program that craps out when I run it, it doesn’t take down the kernel. That’s just nice. Thank you Linus.

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